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World War II on Americas’s First Coast: Part Two: The American Response – “Semper Paratus”

2020-08-11T09:36:34-04:00August 11th, 2020|

The reality of war on America’s own East Coast was a shock to its residents, and it was no different for the people of St. Augustine. The United States Navy kept the news of the U-boat attacks under wraps while they scrambled to take defensive action, and action they did take. In February of 1942, the USS Roper (DD-147), a Wickes-class destroyer returned to Norfolk, VA, after successfully performing escort duty to Londonderry, Ireland. [...]

Honoring the 76th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion

2020-06-06T14:10:31-04:00June 6th, 2020|

https://www.facebook.com/staugustinelighthouse/videos/249935589602301/ On June 6, 1944, Joyce Murphy, an 18-year old defense worker from St. Augustine, wrote her mother expressing her concerns about the upcoming D-Day invasion of France during World War II.  Her letter captures the fear and anticipation of the country as the nation awaited news of perhaps the greatest event to take place during World War II.

Mission Accomplished: Discovering a Revolutionary War Shipwreck VIDEO

2020-04-09T09:50:21-04:00April 9th, 2020|

https://youtu.be/edXNaE6uMSk Thank you for joining the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum this morning [April 9, 2020] for Mission Accomplished: Discovering a Revolutionary War Shipwreck. This is the first of a four-part series showcasing the Museum mission to discover, preserve, present, and keep alive the stories of the nation’s oldest port as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse. First, a little background. Archaeologists are scientist that study materials, such as pottery and jewelry, that [...]

Doubly Doomed: World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918

2020-04-14T12:50:50-04:00April 6th, 2020|

Compiled by James Smith In the closing days of World War I, the world faced one of the worst pandemics of the modern era, the Spanish Flu Pandemic.  The term Spanish Flu originated largely because the United States government did not want news of the disease to diminish the war effort, since the conflict was nearly won. World War I ended with the armistice on November 11, 1918.  However, Spain remained neutral in the conflict.  [...]